Keynote Speaker Bio Page

Ann Ashley
Vice President of Talent & Organizational Development
Biltmore Center for Professional Development
Sara Henderson
Vice President of Supply Chain
Avera Health
Kreg Koford MBA, CPSM
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Sustaining Care Services 
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Kreg Koford is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Sustaining Care Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). He has significant experience in strategic sourcing, category management, asset management, supplier collaboration, and supply chain operations.  His commitment to transforming the healthcare supply chain industry has resulted in enhancing effectiveness and efficiencies across a wide array of activities and initiatives.
Prior to MSKCC, Kreg was responsible for managing more than $2.2 billion of nonlabor spending at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, where he served as Assistant Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Solutions. In that role, he helped lead the Intermountain supply chain organization to the number-one spot on the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking in both 2016 and 2017. He also managed Intermountain’s key customer and supplier relationships, with a focus on identifying new sources of value that went beyond traditional price decreases and margin-shifting activities.
Kreg earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s in business administration from Brigham Young University. Most recently, he received certifications from Intermountain Healthcare’s Advanced Leadership Program and Michigan State University’s Executive Program, in addition to becoming a Certified Professional in Supply Management. He previously earned certifications from the Association for Health Care Resource and Materials Management’s Supply Chain Leadership Institute and IPS Project Management Advanced Training.
Eric Tritch
Vice President Supply Chain and Logistics
UChicago Medicine

Eric Tritch, MBA is the Vice President of Supply Chain for the UChicago Medicine. In this role, he has oversight of all supply chain operations, contracting, value analysis and supplier management activity for the health system. 

Eric has extensive experience and a proven track record in Supply Chain and Strategic Sourcing processes.   His career started in the industrial manufacturing sector, then went into supply chain consulting, and now has been in healthcare for the last 8 years.

Chad Pennington
NFL Legend and Founder
1st and Ten Foundation 

Chad Pennington is the only player to win the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award twice, doing so in 2006 and 2008. The New York Jets invested their first-round draft selection and picked Chad as the as the 18th overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft, making him the first quarterback taken in that draft.  Chad played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Jets and Dolphins. In 2003, Chad became the 47th quarterback in NFL history to achieve a perfect passer rating. Chad also twice earned the NFL passer completion percentage leader and in 2002 was named the Most Improved Player by the Professional Football Writers Association. At the time of his retirement, Pennington was the NFL's all-time leader in career completion percentage at 66.0% among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 pass attempts. Chad graduated from Marshall University where he excelled academically, graduating with a degree in journalism, and becoming a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. 


Chad, along with his wife Robin, now run the 1st and 10 Foundation, with the mission to build stronger communities by funding programs and institutions that seek to improve quality of life for kids throughout West Virginia, Tennessee, and the New York metropolitan area. He is also active coaching elementary and middle school football for The Lexington School and was recently tabbed as the new coach to revive high school football for Sayre School in Lexington, KY. 


Chad continues to be active with the NFL serving as Co-executive Director of the NFL Legends, assisting former players in dealing with life after football and offering guidance to new talent with the transition from college.